Management

About

Management

Management Staff

ALBANY OFFICE
55 Colvin Avenue, Albany, NY 12206
Phone: (518) 462-6765
Fax: (518) 427-8352

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Executive Director
Lillian M. Moy
Direct #: 518-689-6304
lmoy@lasnny.org

Lillian M. Moy has been the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York since 1995.  She is a 1974 graduate of Hunter College of the City University of New York and a 1981 graduate of Boston University School of Law.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Albany Medical Center and a member of the Governance Committee of the Capital District Pride Center.

Ms. Moy is a nationally recognized leader, writer and trainer in the civil legal aid community.  Her particular areas of expertise are leadership development and diversity.  Ms. Moy currently serves on the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and the Legal Access Job Corps Task Force.

She is past Chair of the Civil Policy Group and the Board of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association.  Ms. Moy serves as the Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Attorney Professionalism, and serves on the Nominating Committee, President’s Committee on Access to Justice and the Committee on Legal Aid. Ms. Moy is also co-convener of the New York Diversity Coalition, a group of legal services staff and managers dedicated to raising and resolving diversity issues in the legal aid community.

Ms. Moy has been honored by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Asian American Bar Association of New York, the Schenectady County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Catholic Charities Housing Office.  Most recently, Lillian was the recipient of the New York State Bar Association’s Diversity Trailblazer Award for 2013.

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Deputy Director
Wendy Wahlberg
Direct #: 518-689-6313
wwahlberg@lasnny.org

Wendy Wahlberg is the Deputy Director Of Strategic Operations and is in charge of the Albany office serving the counties of Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Columbia and Greene Counties. She also oversees other projects which serve other areas  in the 16 county LASNNY service area as well as  the housing work of the program. Wendy grew up in upstate New York on a dairy farm. She attended Fordham University and Albany Law School and spent a year in India as a Rotary Club Exchange Student. She began her work at the Legal Aid Society as a VISTA volunteer and has served in many capacities at  LASNNY including Staff attorney, Supervising Attorney, Managing attorney, Acting Executive Director and as a founding member and president of the staff union.

She has been instrumental in the implementation of many of LASNNY’s projects which serve at risk and homeless households. She currently serves as a leader in three  Continuums of Care and is very involved in the strategic planning and coordinated entry systems addressing the needs of homeless and at risk households in the capital region.  She also is most recently involved in launching LASNNY’s community listening and priority setting process and in overseeing the LASNNY’s community lawyering project and LASNNY’s work assisting formerly incarcerated individuals.

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Fiscal Director
Shamim Huq
Direct #: 518-689-6315
shuq@lasnny.org

Shamim Huq joined the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern NY in 2011. He is responsible for the preparation and managing budgets and financial reporting to the Board of Directors. He works as a bridge providing guidance and financial counsel to the Executive Director and Senior Management on decision making on financial matters. He monitors internal control systems and implements procedural systems. Manages budgets, cash flow and oversees audits and acts as the custodial of all financial data.

Shamim brings a wealth of experience in non-profit fund and grant accounting with 17 years in the industry. His knowledge of Federal Cost Principles creates a strong foundation to understand and implement regulations that govern the legal aid world.
Shamim has spent many years in Arkansas and holds an Executive Masters of Business Administration in Management and an Executive Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Delta State University in Cleveland Mississippi. He is a life member of the International Honor Society for Business, Delta Mu Delta. He is an active member of the community in Albany, New York since 2007.

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Development Director
Deanne Grimaldi
Direct #: 518-689-6336
dgrimaldi@lasnny.org

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Advocacy Coordinator
Victoria Esposito
518-375-3468
vesposito@lasnny.org

Victoria joined LASNNY in May 2011 as a staff attorney in the Canton office and became a senior attorney in January 2014. She has handled a variety of cases, including disability, eviction, family law, and foreclosure proceedings, and has filed numerous federal appeals in disability cases.

Before coming to LASNNY, Victoria was an Assistant District Attorney for St. Lawrence County, where she served as the appellate prosecutor in addition to prosecuting misdemeanors and felonies. She also taught aspiring law enforcement officers, and helped train Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (S.A.N.E.s) at the David E. Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy.

From 2001-2006, Victoria taught subjects ranging from English to Constitutional Law at SUNY Canton, to national and international students. She also taught political science in partnership with the Xi’an International Studies University, and wrote SUNY-Canton’s Legal Studies program, a four-year paralegal program, the first of its kind within the SUNY system.

Victoria received her law degree in 1997 and B.A., from the University of Notre Dame.

HR/Office Manager
Marshall Coulter
Direct #: 518-533-5926
mcoulter@lasnny.org

Marshall Coulter joined LASNNY in 2011 as the Director of Human Resources and Facilities. Marshall has  over 20 years of human resources and facility management experience which includes his prior experience at Albany International. In addition to handling the HR needs for approximately 100 staff, he oversees the maintenance of LASNNY’s five offices. An avid golfer, Marshall also frequently represents LASNNY at charitable and Bar Association golf tournaments.

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Executive Assistant
Mary Maguire
Direct #: 518-689-6307
mmaguire@lasnny.org

Mary Maguire came to the Legal Aid Society in 1984 as secretary, then Executive Assistant to Denny Ray.  She has continued in that capacity for Lillian Moy since Lillian’s arrival in 1995.   When Mary began her career at LASNNY there was staff of about 25 and she was involved in client intake as well as assisting the Executive Director. She is active in her church, Macedonia Baptist Church, where she serves on the Community Engagement Committee and is a member of the gospel choir. A lifelong resident of Albany she grew up in Albany’s North End and attended Cardinal McCloskey High School. 

Staff Accountant
Yichuan (Amy) Cai
Direct #: 518-689-6316
ycai@lasnny.org

PLATTSBURGH OFFICE
100 Court Street, P.O. Box 989, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 563-4022
Fax: (518) 563-4058

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Deputy Director
Peter Racette
(518) 563-4022, ext. 18
pracette@lasnny.org

Peter Racette is the Deputy Director responsible for LASNNY’s four regional offices and oversees the Disability Advocacy Program. He has worked at LASNNY since 2004. He was Director of North Country Legal Services from 1996 until 2004 and a staff attorney at North Country Legal Services from 1987 until 2006. He has represented thousands of clients in disability and public benefit claims, health law, and housing cases. A native of New York’s Adirondack Park, Peter received his bachelor’s degree from Bennington College and his J.D. from Vermont Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Vermont Law Review.